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Lofting [Paperback]

Alma Marceau
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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November 2001
LOFTING is the record of a perceptive and intrepid sensualist, one woman's exploration of the thematic catalogue of fin de siecle eroticism. Rendered in compellingly elaborate detail, its scenes of debauch will delight aficionados of exhibitionism, voyeurism, bisexuality, bondage, flogging and other national pastimes.

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"'Lofting' epitomizes intelligent erotica...If I had five thumbs they'd all be up." -- Erotica Readers Association, Review by Lybbe, February 1, 2001

"'Lofting' is everything I want in an erotic novel: fantastic, diverse sex...smart, appealing characters...a barrel of linguistic laughs..." -- Heather Corinna, Scarlet Letters, The Journal of Femmerotica, March 30th, 2001

"...Marceau may be the Melville of the money shot." -- Guy de Michelin, Topologie et Saloperie

"...a strong case can be made for the prompt inclusion of Lofting in the Index Expurgatorius." -- Vatican Review of Literature

"Makes "Vox" read like tea-time chat between Carmelite nuns." —Vasistas "Chivvy" Gonzalez M. -- Tegucigalpa Herald (English edition), June 15, 2001

"More than merely legible, "Lofting" is truly an instrument executed as an authentic act." -- Journal of Notarial Acts, April 1, 2001

"Think "Bridget Jones"—with white-hot sex and compound sentences." -- Porter Moresby, Buellton Bugler, January 6, 2002

Lofting is easily one of the most engaging and addictive works of erotica I've ever read. -- Herdesires.net review by Vikki McKay, March 2001

“A new and potentially significant source of repetitive-motion induced pathology—"Lofting" is a threat to the public health.” -- The Ergonomist, January 2001Edition

“With Lofting, Alma Marceau joins those women— Bright, Califia, Antoniou most prominent among them—who comprise modern written erotica’s ruling clitorati.” -- from a review in the Yiddishe Bubeemeinse (Chelm) Sunday Literary Supplement , February 25, 2001

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LOFTING will be excerpted in Susie Bright's Best American Erotica 2002 to be published by Simon & Schuster in February 2002.

A Warning to Readers: Lofting violates several tenets of the Virgin / Nexus style manual, and, in addition to depictions of hot sex, may contain large quantities of humour and occasional references to domestic worries.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Lofting - Keeping Up With the Joneses July 26 2002
Format:Paperback
Loved it. When's the movie?
Lofting is a cool and biting collage of "black and whites," capturing a habitue that is very much alive and well. The moral elite will claim disbelief when in reality, it's a simpler case of no longer being invited. For those of us who can and DO live below and above ground, like camera film Lofting shoots nothing more or less than truthful erotic justice, over and over on high speed.
Lofting (thankfully) dispels the smarmy, quixotic notions of BDSM played out in online chatrooms by kooks and pretenders. Those are your run-of-the-mill "Sirs and Ladys" who need to mitigate their own "icky" erotic fantasy with truly whacked schlock of "Knights in Castles accepting Gifts of Submission" from helpless damsels with great underwear.
Lofting brings us real people, including Andres and Nick who are out and another, Claire, who comes out in front of us. The color--to frame these black and whites is great language in dialogue. Not simply real people, we're treated to intelligent, funny, well-read, real and sensitive people--exactly the kind (or one kind) of people who can, should and do live the underground erotic polis, above ground. And once they are out, they live it outrageously, the way it should be and IS lived . Trust this--Alma M is titillating us big-time with a slice of 'something' and you get to decide; is tongue-in-cheek(s) so far-fetched?
Note to Alma M: Next time, provide pics!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lofting, An Everyday Guide to Entertaining July 17 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Zabangi! Alma, Claire, Andres and Nick welcome you to a zone so real, it makes us wonder. Just as Nietzsche's "The Gay Science" isn't (necessarily) about cheek to cheek, "Lofting" isn't (simply) about sex. It's about life with real walking papers, after 35. You are now free to go. (And come in any way you please.)
As a computer keyboard finds its way into the knowing, pianist-like fingers of Andres, a musing Claire finds herself in need of the music. Some may find the unyielding banter between them as upwardly pretentious. Consider however, that Merceau has simply polished an old-world patina onto the gutteral groaning groin of our most finely honed, collective orgasm. (What's the point of evolving if you can't go full circle?)
Merceau craftily manages the disconnect between the base, primordial mange of long lost lusty, take-and-beg sticky goo and--"words." Words that have betrayed even the masters for thousands of years. It is not just the words themselves, but the "back and forth" of them that turns these pages for you. One demands that one receives and where there is "faith-in-goo," there is (not unlike Holy Communion) a discovery of wholeness. It is Claire coming full circle, diving to the bottom to reach the top. Walking papers. Certificate of Authenticity. Alas, she has taken arms and joined the men. Freedom rings everywhere, slippery when wet!
Lofting imposes an erotic authenticity of wordage that begins in Instant Messaging, carrying all the way through the real-life scenarios of a faithful Claire and her "already-there" high-priests, Nick and Andres. One demands that one receive and Merceau never sacrifices the erotic authenticity of the well-spoken word of the matter as it is in the moment, for yet another lie of "How we should want.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not great for me May 6 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I have to agree with another reviewer--that I finished the book with disappointment and a general feeling of "ick." Worse, I was actually enjoying it until about half-way through. Then it just went awry. It made me feel like the way you do when you discover that an aquaintance--who has the possiblity of being a great friend--turns out to be a jerk. As I continued reading, (to continue the comparison) you have to go on with the perfunctory friendship...in this case to finish the book.
I agree that it is not stupid banter between two people, but more intelligent in its language, however, big words and "lofty" references do not a great story make. It is like they are just jammed in there (the words I mean) and the ideas aren't ever really developed. Think of someone who drops their new-word-a-day-calendar vocabulary on you to impress you.
I never felt that it could really be happening or that the characters were real. Okay to read, but I am sorry that I spent the money on it. Not my style. Bummer, because it had such good potential. Still looking for the confluence of the erotic and the eloquent.
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Having read erotivca for 12 hours a day for the past 20 years I have Alma Marceau's book, Lofting, come across my suggested reading list over and over that I finally decided to bite the bullet and buy this book ...
For the followers of pure erotica I'm not sure if you would enjoy this book since most of the book is written with an 'in your face' kind of manner delving into sex rather than into the erotic. Is there a difference, well yes, in erotica people would have sex in a departemnt store because the lights went out and the opportunity was there, in this book they have sex in a department store considering a Sunday afternoon outing.
We follow our heroine, Claire, through a sexual awakening after meeting Andres in an on-line chat room. Andres, is able to start this trip for Claire by showing her what cyber sex is all about and then he encourages her to start eploring her sexuality with people near her in order to continue the spice in their internet and phone sex sessions ...
The book is wonderfull and written for the intellectual snobs in all of us. 'A pfennig for your thought's ' is the type of converstaion that is common and interesting querida .....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply incredible!
Reading a book that is both erotic and literary is always a treat. Alma Marceau's Lofting is one of the most exquisite erotic novels ever written. Read more
Published on Nov. 29 2003 by CoffeeGurl
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweaty and Giggling
Marceau's "Lofting" gives the reader a vivid tour through a variety of ultra hot sex scenes, while simultaneously offering a French tickler for the funny bone. What style! Read more
Published on Nov. 10 2002 by David S.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delicious Experience...
Lofting left me uncomfortably wet, curious, breathless and panting. I am mystified by Marceau's skill in delivering an intellectual experience while eliciting deep, somatic... Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Dig In!
If you're squeamish about sex, this novel is not for you. If, on the other hand, you not only like sex, but like it served up piping hot with plenty of funny literate repartee,... Read more
Published on Oct. 10 2002 by Yo Mama
2.0 out of 5 stars a thorough disappointment
Well, it starts out well. The conceit of email sex is skillfully done. In fact, the sexy emails are the only good thing about this book, and when the author unwisely moves away... Read more
Published on Sept. 26 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars a disappointment
I heard so much about this book but it has so little. Pseudo-intellectual language, undeveloped characters, a few nice parts. Not at all what I expected, and not particularly sexy.
Published on Sept. 19 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars three stars rounded up from two and a half
I liked this book at the beginning, but as it went on, I cared less and less for and about its characters. Read more
Published on June 24 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart is Sexy
This erotica is for the brain as well as for the nether regions; I like it when I have to look words up in between descriptions of debauchery. With all the hype about Catherine M. Read more
Published on June 22 2002 by "mrthumbkin"
5.0 out of 5 stars The best D/s book I've read in years
I was blown away with this book. It was super-intelligent, witty and sharp. The erotic scenes were well-written and descriptive. Read more
Published on March 30 2002 by Amazon Customer
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